Suspect In District Attorney Attack Enters “Not Guilty” Plea

Posted 7 months ago

By Fred Gough

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A 27-year-old Hutchinson man charged with attempted first degree murder after he allegedly attacked Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder was arraigned Wednesday where he entered a “not guilty” plea.

Michael Sherman was actually scheduled Monday, but they pushed it back to Wednesday because of weather. He’s charged with the attempted murder count or in the alternative, aggravated battery. The case is being prosecuted by a former Assistant District Attorney for Reno County, Greg Benefiel, who now works for the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.

Sherman is alleged to have attacked Schroeder after retired Judge William “Buck” Lyle upheld his sentence in a child sex case. He is alleged to have jumped on Schroeder who was sitting at the prosecution table a few feet away. This occurring back on July 10, 2013.

Schroeder said he had marks on his neck which showed where the chains were around him, a mark behind his ear that was very tender and an abrasion on his forehead as result of the attack.

Judge Trish Rose set a trial date of June 10, a motion deadline of April 15, and a date to hear any motions for May 15.

Sherman is serving a life sentence for aggravated criminal sodomy of his own infant child back in August of 2012. He was sentenced under Jessica’s law.


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